- Happy Monday! Everyone knows Mondays are rarely happy and the first few times I have done this, the students either rolled their eyes or laughed at me. As it became routine, students would run into my room on Monday morning bursting with “happy” stories. The objective is just to share something positive about your life on a Monday morning. We would go around the room and share. It starts the week off on a fun, encouraging note and it helps you build excellent relationships with your students. (I once told students this was me trying to use reverse psychology on them and one answered, “Oh, so that means we’re NOT watching a movie today, right?” Clever.)
- Monday Mix-Up Weekend brain is real and most of your students roll into school forgetting a lot of what they did the week before. Enter: Monday Mix-Up. A set of quick true or false statements that the students need to correct as a bell ringer. You’d be so surprised how much giving something this simple a “fun” name will make the students look forward to it. You can make it even more of a “mix-up” by incorporating it as a short competition. So energizing on a Monday!
- Tuesday Reviewsday: I recently made this one up and one of my students said to me, “Reviewsday is not a word.” Yes, I know, but it rhymes, and I like it. The concept is similar to Monday Mix-Up, but it’s made for a Tuesday instead. I use fill in the blank, multiple choice, matching, etc. You can even use this on something like Kahoot or Quizlet to dress it up. I laugh almost every time this phrase comes out of my mouth and the students do, too. It’s academic, yet infuses just a little element of fun.
- Work it Wednesday: Just another silly name for a review bell ringer in case you’d like to choose the middle of the week to implement this trick.
- Throwback Thursday: Since the students already know what this is, I find ways to incorporate it into my lesson on Thursdays. I might play an old song that is relevant to the content, show an old photo (sometimes of an unsuspecting colleague on a PowerPoint slide…), insert a random historical fact into my lesson, or come up with something entirely new that day. The fact is, it takes me exactly two minutes to implement a silly “throwback” and the students are so much more engaged because they are sitting there waiting to see what it is today. Genius.
- Fun Friday: I know a lot of teachers do this already and I’ve seen it done incredibly well at the elementary level. (This is an awesome example!) I really think this can work at the secondary level as well, you would just need to find appropriate rewards for the students.
No matter which one (or more than one) you choose to implement, I know these will implement an element of fun into your classroom. Celebrating each day of the week is so much better than constantly dragging yourself to the weekend, so find ways to incorporate a little fun in every day.
Will you try one of these “fun ideas”? Can you come up with any of your own? Leave them in the comments below!